Neil Young Set To Retire
Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Neil Young is quoted as saying: "I've always wanted to move into coaching and this is a great opportunity for me to stay in the game. At my age, it was something I couldn't turn down. Football is really taking off in Australia so now is the right time to go. The job involves working with children up to the age of 18 and, with all my experience, I think I've got a lot to offer. As much as I would love to carry on playing for as long as I can, now is the time for me to put that to one side and think about my family and our future. This move is in our best interests. You can't just up sticks and decide to emigrate to Australia. It's been a long process and we've been planning it for more than a year and the visas were approved last week. I'm sure I will miss playing but my main aim is to coach. Once I've got my feet under the table, I might carry on over there if I feel I've got time to play as well".
Young remains fully committed to the Club in the meantime: "I spoke to the manager on Tuesday and told him about my plans. I also told him that he would have my full commitment for the rest of the season if he needs me. I've always had a good rapport with the fans and would like to thank them for their support down the years. The club has been a big part of my life for a long time and I know I will miss it enormously. But the main thing is for Bournemouth to stay in this division and the team comes before any one player. I would love to feature again before the season is finished but I know it might be diffiuclt because the team has been playing so well in the past few games".